Welcome to the Literature of Possibility
The 50 Classics series aims to expand your mind, leading you to discover people, ideas and books you may not have found otherwise.
The 50 Classics books provide insightful commentaries on the 50 key writings in a given subject, along with important quotes, 'In a nutshell' summaries, and lists of additional classics.
Published by Nicholas Brealey, the series began with 50 Self-Help Classics, and has since covered the key books in Success, Spirituality, Psychology, Prosperity, Philosophy and Politics.
The series has been translated into 25 languages, and sold over 300,000 copies in the UK, US, Canada, Australia, India, South Africa, Singapore and other countries. Available from online retailers such as Amazon, or you can ask at your local bookstore. Each of the books is in paperback, Kindle and audio.
On this site, which has had over 1.5 million visitors, you'll find a few sample chapters from the 50 Classics books. I hope these will whet your appetite for the books themselves.
Also check out the Capstone Classics Series (200,000 copies sold) in which I provide Introductions to great books including Think and Grow Rich, The Art of War, the Tao Te Ching, Machiavelli's The Prince and Plato's Republic.
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MOST RECENT BOOK!
50 POLITICS CLASSICS
Freedom, Equality, Power
by Tom Butler-Bowdon
UK May 25, 2015
US September 15, 2015
Paperback original · $19.95
"A refreshing tour of political thought unmoored by traditional chronological organization."
Do we live in a ‘post-American world’? What is the ‘clash of civilizations’? Who coined the term ‘soft power’? The answers are all here.
Freedom, equality and power — the great questions of politics — have preoccupied writers for centuries: from Aristotle to Upton Sinclair, to great leaders such as Churchill, Gandhi and Lincoln, right up to contemporary political writers Francis Fukuyama and Naomi Klein.
50 Politics Classics distills the world’s key political writings, the books that have rocked civilizations, overturned dynasties, started wars, created totalitarian states and transformed the globe, and which continue to provide insight into contemporary issues including immigration, free speech, and the relationship between church and state.
Here are the books, speeches and pamphlets that really changed minds - and changed the world in the process. At a time of momentous political upheaval worldwide, the classic political works are more important than ever.
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Praise for the 50 Classics series
"Butler-Bowdon is so good at distilling the essence of these books that you may feel you don't have to read them. He is a true scholar of this type of literature."
"A tremendous resource ... Because the range and depth of sources are so huge, the cumulative reading effect is amazing. Alternatively, it educates and edifies, affirms and inspires. Often both."
Stephen R Covey, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
"Complex view on a range of important and enduring issues are made accessible to the general reader. A sympathetic account is given of each thinker and his or her thoughts, conveying the insights and capturing some of the excitement of seeing the world and human life from novel, distinct or unusual perspectives. Enjoyable and instructive."
CL Ten, Professor of Philosophy, National University of Singapore
"This delightful book provides thoughtful and entertaining summaries of 50 of the most influential books in psychology. It's a "must read" for students contemplating a career in psychology".
VS Ramachandran, Professor and Director, Center for Brain and Cognition, University of California, San Diego
"A kaleidoscope of inspiration ... insightful commentaries on each classic and biographical information on the authors. A unique overview."
"A brilliant synthesis. The author makes complex ideas accessible and practical, without dumbing down the material. I found myself over and over thinking, 'Oh, that's what that guy meant'.
Douglas Stone, Lecturer on Law at Harvard Law School